quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ˈkwä-lə-tē \
plural qualities

Definition of quality 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : peculiar and essential character : nature her ethereal quality— Gay Talese

b : an inherent feature : property had a quality of stridence, dissonance— Roald Dahl

c : capacity, role in the quality of reader and companion— Joseph Conrad

2a : degree of excellence : grade the quality of competing air serviceCurrent Biography

b : superiority in kind merchandise of quality

3a : social status : rank

b : aristocracy

4a : a distinguishing attribute : characteristic possesses many fine qualities

b archaic : an acquired skill : accomplishment

5 : the character in a logical proposition of being affirmative or negative

6 : vividness of hue

7a : timbre

b : the identifying character of a vowel sound determined chiefly by the resonance of the vocal chambers in uttering it

8 : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation

quality

adjective

Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: being of high quality

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Noun

quality, property, character, attribute mean an intelligible feature by which a thing may be identified. quality is a general term applicable to any trait or characteristic whether individual or generic. material with a silky quality property implies a characteristic that belongs to a thing's essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species. the property of not conducting heat character applies to a peculiar and distinctive quality of a thing or a class. remarks of an unseemly character attribute implies a quality ascribed to a thing or a being. the attributes of a military hero

Examples of quality in a Sentence

Noun

Honesty is a desirable quality. Stubbornness is one of his bad qualities. She has strong leadership qualities. The house has many fine qualities. His music has a primitive quality. They offer quality at a reasonable price.

Adjective

The restaurant offers quality service. The store sells quality furniture at reasonable prices. It can be difficult to find quality childcare. He had a quality education.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heat waves threaten vulnerable populations in many cities, while air quality is also affected by fires, shifting pollen seasons, and even the influence of weather on air pollution. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018 Microsoft is also good at offering older versions of quality notebooks at decent discounts, which makes bargain shopping an interesting proposition. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cyber Monday laptop deals are going fast—here are the best we found," 26 Nov. 2018 These self-install kits get you a custom-quality van without the sticker shock. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018 Both pitching prospects were in action in Double-A San Antonio’s doubleheader at Frisco, with Allen coming within an out of a complete game in a 4-1 win and Paddack turning in a quality start in a 2-1 loss. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Logan Allen, Chris Paddack strong but Missions split double header," 14 July 2018 Nona was a retired SNET Telephone Operator, but she will be remembered for her many endearing qualities. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Nona H. Stewart," 14 July 2018 Testers liked the fit of Thule’s Capstone 50L ($200), which can be adjusted on the go while on your back, as well as its confidence-inspiring thick nylon fabrics and quality zippers. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Air pollution, and smog in particular, is the reason California places so much emphasis on air-quality standards. Rob Jackson, Scientific American, "Relaxing Vehicle-Efficiency Standards Is a Truly Dangerous Idea," 12 July 2018 Netflix already offers English-speaking viewers a very strong portfolio of high quality foreign-language detective shows, so this Chandra adaptation feels like an obvious choice. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Taking to Instagram to share a series of family photos and video clips, Kim Kardashian revealed that all three of her kids—North, Saint, and Chicago—were enjoying some quality family time over the holiday. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Just Spent Labor Day on the Beach with North, Saint, and Chicago," 3 Sep. 2018 The children would splash in the water, the adults would get quality time with the family patriarch. Cleve Wootson, chicagotribune.com, "A man went crabbing - and came back with flesh-eating bacteria that now threaten his life," 10 July 2018 The report estimates that there are 800,000 men and women unable to access quality fertility treatment. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018 Ayton needs to improve defensively but has all the tools to be a quality rim protector given time. azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Projecting all four Phoenix Suns NBA draft picks in 2018," 12 June 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Fort Worth’s ability to attract investment and economic development depends on its ability to maintain quality public services. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Here's how to make your vote count Saturday | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 May 2018 Kerry Abello was searching for an opportunity to play some quality soccer this summer before her sophomore season at Penn State. Matt Le Cren, chicagotribune.com, "Statement for the defense: Benet grad Kerry Abello learns new position with Red Stars Reserves," 23 June 2018 But for now, deep breath, Quintana has returned to being the consistent, reliable pitcher who can give a team a quality start in every start. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Jose Quintana looks like he's back to pitching like the Jose Quintana the Cubs traded for," 12 June 2018 Equitably funded, safe, quality schools are the key to the future of this city. Katrina Clark, Philly.com, "There is money to fix our schools. Here is where to find it | Opinion," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of quality

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quality

Noun

Middle English qualite, from Anglo-French qualité, from Latin qualitat-, qualitas, from qualis of what kind; akin to Latin qui who — more at who

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quality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: how good or bad something is

: a characteristic or feature that someone or something has : something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing

: a high level of value or excellence

quality

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good or excellent

: intended for people who are educated and who care about serious matters

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ˈkwä-lə-tē \
plural qualities

Kids Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : what sets a person or thing apart : characteristic We must advertise Wilbur's noble qualities— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

2 : how good or bad something is The food is of excellent quality.

3 : a high standard : excellence His skill shows in the quality of his work.

quality

adjective

Kids Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good : excellent quality work quality chocolate

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ˈkwäl-ət-ē \
plural qualities

Medical Definition of quality 

: a special or distinguishing attribute: as

a : timbre

b : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation

c : the character of an X-ray beam that determines its penetrating power and is dependent upon its wavelength distribution

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quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty
plural qualities

Legal Definition of quality 

1 : a special, distinctive, or essential character: as

a : a character, position, or role assumed those acts of ownership, which the person called to the succession can only do in quality of heirLouisiana Civil Code

b : the character of an estate as determined by the manner in which it is to be held or enjoyed

2 : degree of excellence made no warranties as to the product's quality

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